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Klepper

Klepper

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  • Premiered: 
    May 9, 2019
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  • Network: Comedy Central
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Current Events
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Trevor Noah and Jordan Klepper, KLEPPER is a half-hour docuseries that follows Klepper as he heads out of the studio and embeds on the front lines of American activism. Punctuated with his self-deprecating wit and lots of way-harder-than-I-thought reality checks, in this series Klepper sinks a boat with environmental protesters in a Louisiana bayou, packs moving boxes with one of the nation's first Native American Congresswomen in New Mexico, posts bail at the Fulton County Jail, gets body-slammed by a vet dealing with PTSD in Texas, and much more.

"When Jordan said he wanted to travel the country to explore our most pressing issues and talk to the people on the front lines fighting for change, little did we know that he would capsize a boat in the Bayou or get arrested in Georgia," said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development for Comedy Central. "But we think that his super funny, poignant, and provocative portrait of America, was (almost) worth the bodily harm and criminal record."

"As I learned from middle school basketball, you only experience so much from the sidelines," said Klepper. "Riding shotgun with America's resistors, contrarians and dreamers, I saw firsthand our country's fighting spirit. Affecting real change, left or right, is way harder than clicking the donate button. That being said, donate if you can, poster board doesn't grow on trees."

In addition to veteran care, environmental activism, and education challenges for undocumented students, Klepper will also explore veteran deportation, discrimination in the burgeoning marijuana industry, Native Americans' struggle to gain visibility, the contemporary space-exploration landscape, and guerilla activists' use of firearms. The full list of issues covered (and associated episodes) includes:

"Wrestling PTSD" (Premieres Thursday, May 9 at 10:30pm): Jordan jumps in the ring with Valhalla, a group of military veterans who use professional wrestling to deal with PTSD. In Killeen, Texas, home to America's largest military base, he learns that veterans struggle to get the care they need to deal with the transition of returning home from war. For the guys in Valhalla, wrestling is more than a physical outlet, it's a rally point for all veterans to come together and slam their trauma-and potentially Jordan-through a table.

"Battle in the Bayou" (Premieres Thursday, May 16 at 10:30pm): Jordan goes overboard in Louisiana when he joins a direct action protest of a major oil pipeline. Camping out with environmentalist group L'eau La Vie, Jordan meets the brave activists who chain themselves to bulldozers to protect the swamp. However, he soon learns that not everyone in the bayou supports these illegal protests and that most locals would prefer a job.

"Underground University" (Premieres Thursday, May 23 at 10:30pm): Jordan goes back to school with undocumented immigrant students banned from enrolling in colleges in Georgia. At Freedom U, young Latinx immigrants attend class in secret and fight the state's Board of Regents for their right to an education. After spending time with the kids in Atlanta, Jordan joins an act of civil disobedience that ends with a TMZ mugshot and a new perspective on privilege.

"Invisible Nation" (Premieres Thursday, May 30 at 10:30pm): Jordan follows Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) as she makes history as one of the first Native American women elected to congress. Inspired by a study that exposed staggering inequality experienced by indigenous populations, Jordan heads to Michigan, Wisconsin and New Mexico to understand modern Native American invisibility and his own role in a damaging stereotype.

"Deported F**king Vets" (Premieres Thursday, June 6 at 10:30pm): Jordan crosses the border into Tijuana to meet US military veterans who have been deported. From a cinder block bunker, the exiled vets fight to appeal to America's supposedly limitless support for the troops but issues of immigration, criminal records and old-fashioned politics block their path home. Jordan learns that the Vets only advocate might be a 70-year old marine driving across the country in an RV.

"This Is My Gun, These Are My Rights" (Premieres Thursday, June 13 at 10:30pm): Jordan and Kobi Libii head to Texas to join two different groups of activists who use guns to get their message across. In Gonzales, Jordan meets second amendment die hards who see themselves as civil rights activists just like Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, Kobi embeds with Guerilla Mainframe, an African-American group that uses guns and provocative tactics to draw attention to police violence against minorities.

"America First, Mars Next" (Premieres Thursday, June 20 at 10:30pm): Jordan visits the front lines of America's new space race and is sad to see how far we have fallen. As a kid, he idolized NASA in all its glory, from Apollo to shuttle launches at Cape Canaveral to freeze-dried ice cream. Today's program is defined by clunky bureaucracy, private billionaire spaceports, and begging Russia for a ride into orbit. However, there is hope: an IG-friendly teen in Florida and a grumpy old astronaut in Houston are taking a new moonshot, and Jordan's biggest ally might be none other than the President of The United States.

"The New Weed War" (Premieres Thursday, June 27 at 10:30pm): Jordan heads to the home of The Chronic to meet African-American entrepreneurs trying to break into the marijuana industry. While the west coast's current reputation for liberal drug laws and progressive politics makes headlines, the reality of legalization-and who benefits-more closely resembles America's discriminatory past. In anti-pot Compton and bud-loving Oakland, Jordan tries to square the chronic of his youth with the inequality of today.